melissaneeb

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Wife to my best friend, mom to two ridiculously amazing teenagers, owner of 3 senior cats and 1 very hyper young dog. Teacher, writer, photographer, artist, dreamer, and reader. Lover of all things old or thrifted. Avid traveler and obsessed with nature. In love with northern Minnesota. A true optimist. Seeker of all things spiritual.

If No One Has Told You This Yet Today, Let Me Be the First....

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Your pain matters. I need you to hear me on this. If 2020 has left you feeling desperate, overwhelmed, and exhausted from trying to juggle work, littles, teens, distance-learning schedules, PPE, Zoom calls, quarantining, and now...

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving 2020

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I will NOT let Thanksgiving be shrouded in loss this year. No matter what 2020 brings. There will be no elaborate Thanksgiving meal with cousins and grandparents and plates of food for all the dogs and...

Insta-Kato! | 5 Fun Instagrammable Spots in Mankato

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Before summer ended, my daughter and I set out to find some super fun spots for Mankato's best and most Instagram-worthy pics. We did this whole gorgeous photo shoot during the golden hour (the...

Class of 2021: I Pray You Have All Your “Lasts!”

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This school year, seniors are entering into murky, uncharted waters. The pandemic still hovers like Godzilla, its ugly gnarled foot poised to stomp out all the "lasts".Not one of us: students, parents, or teachers, are...

Blurred Lines | Friendship, Lies, and Forgiving the Unforgivable

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I have this friend.Have? Had? Not sure what tense to frame this in.She did something really bad. Inexcusable. Criminal. And she is paying the price for it.Behind bars.Today I heard a song on the...

Mankato Area Hiking Guide | Ready, Set, Go Get Your Hike On!

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Here are some highlights from Mankato's wide variety of beautiful walking trails! Time to lace up your shoes and blaze your own trail, or take my advice and check out one of these! You...

Which Side Are You On? (Shh…It Doesn’t Matter)

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Everywhere we turn, there is division. On the news. In our news feeds. In our neighborhoods. Even among our own families and friends.People on different sides of the same issue. Arguing their point. Vilifying...

A Girl Needs Her Tribe

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This last month has been brutal. In addition to working through the pain of my past through a step-study inventory (check out Celebrate Recovery), I dealt with a loved one's disease, another family member's mental...

5 Tips for a Tidy House!

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I am a reformed Queen of Clutter. Laundry baskets mountained with clean clothes that never got folded. Piles of paperwork, years old. Nostalgic (albeit dated) knickknacks everywhere! A wall of totes housing items we moved...

Rockin’ SOBER New Year’s Eve!

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How on earth do we do New Year's Eve SOBER? This was a question I asked myself years ago when I decided to quit drinking and my husband began his own recovery journey from alcoholism. Our...